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Canyon rids the jitters

Cowboys hoops starts the season with a sloppy victory

Posted: December 1, 2008 10:05 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Canyon's Tere Adams (24) gets past Oxnard defender Kevin Mulloy (44) for two points in the Cowboys' 55-50 win over the Yellowjackets on Monday.

In the Canyon boys basketball season opener against Oxnard on Monday night, the Cowboys looked solid.

However, head coach Chad Phillips' sentiments proved otherwise.

"I think we had a very sluggish start," he said after the Cowboys 55-50 home win over the Yellowjackets. "We needed more intensity. I do believe however, that in three weeks we will be game ready, Foothill League ready."

Canyon (1-0) was led by junior guard Tere Adams, who finished the contest with 14 points and two steals.

The second-year varsity player said he is looking forward to being a leader and significant factor on the Cowboys' team this season.

"My role is to be a vocal leader and score points," he said. "I think I played pretty good. I did my best at attacking the basket."

In Monday night's contest, Oxnard (0-1) was the first to strike.

After two Canyon fouls, the Yellowjackets were brought to the free throw line and led 4-0 in the opening minutes of the game.

However, it would be the last time Canyon would trail.
The Cowboys capitalized on Oxnard's turnovers and missed layups. Even when the Yellowjackets tied the game at 14 in the first quarter, Canyon went on a 7-0 run and pulled ahead 21-14

"We just don't want to lose," Adams said. "We tried our hardest every time to get back in the game."

By the end of the half, Oxnard pulled to the within two, trailing 26-24.

Both teams looked sloppy coming out of halftime, missing wide-open layups and turning the ball over numerous times.

But the Cowboys composed themselves and opened up a scoring run with Darnel Haggerty striking first for Canyon after a back-door pass from guard Erik Gould.

Canyon extended its lead when freshman Brandon Perry hit a 3-point shot with a foul. After missing the free throw attempt, Canyon led 31-24.

But Oxnard did not hold back. The Yellowjackets would tie the game three more times and both teams opened the fourth quarter tied at 37-37.

However, Oxnard's defensive lapses and offensive miscues kept Canyon ahead.

Canyon went up by as many as 12 points.

Oxnard did see a ray of hope when it pulled to within five with 31 seconds left in the game.

The Yellowjackets had fouls to give, so they had a difficult time getting the Cowboys to the free throw line with the time remaining.

The Cowboys ran the clock out.

"I'm very proud of my team," said Oxnard head coach Jeff Staniland. "We're a young group and there were times when we could have quit but we kept coming back. We're just going to continue to get better."


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